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Vaso-vagal symptoms and menstruation

From: JW
Date: 8/11/00
Time: 7:46:29 PM
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My problem first occurred when I was 18 (I'm now 30), and occurs primarily at the onset of menstruation (not every month). I have cramping that becomes so severe that I can do nothing other than lie in bed or on the floor curled up in the fetal position rocking back and forth. I also experience cold sweats and feel as if I'll faint. It is much more severe than it sounds; I typically have a high pain tolerance but during these times I feel as if I'm truly dying. These attacks last approx. 1 hour, and leave me completely exhausted, often sleeping for hours afterward or at least very lethargic, unable to work in any meaningful way. This has also occurred following a cervical biopsy and cryosurgery. My doctor's lack of concern when stating, "It sounds vaso-vagal" has led me to believe it is not a big deal (that is until it happens again). I am very active and healthy other than a small pituitary tumor that is being treated with medications. When I hear that a vaso-vagal response means that blood pressure, and heart rate drop as they do, I wonder if there could ever be very serious consequences, especially during childbirth. This has happened to me at work, and at the gym, and it is very distressing. I do not notice any patterns, and I don't seem to be able to stop it from occurring.

Re: Proamatine

From: Sandra <>


I have a 15 yr. old daughter who was dx'd one yr. ago with neurocadiogenic syncope. After 4 min. on the tilt table her heart rate dropped to 30. She is currently on Proamatine 10mg. am and 5 mg. pm. The meds seem to be helping as she had a neg. tilt table 6 mo. ago. HOWEVER, her vision is now so poor she requires glasses all the time. She itches, has headaches, back pain, urinary frequency and still continues to sleep 18 hours a day. She is unable to attend school full-time. I'm nearly at the point of thinking she needs a pacemaker...but will that be the answer....and if not, I made a life-long decision for my child. The medication has helped in some regard, but the side effects are killer!

This web site is not a substitute for a thorough medical evaluation and diagnosis of your vaso-vagal type symptoms.  Medical treatment and diagnosis is the only acceptable initial response to these serious symptoms since they might present from any number of life threatening and treatable illnesses. It is for you and your physician to rule out more serious illnesses; Please don't use this online forum as an alternative to getting responsible medical attention and being under the care of a physician for the duration of any unknown, suspected or dangerous vaso-vagal syndrome symptoms.
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